Inessa Gelfenboym

Contact Information



  • BA Russian, Amherst College, 05/2009
  • M.A. University of Southern California, 05/2013

Employment History

  • Assistant Lecturer, Intermediate Russian I, University of Southern California, 2013
  • Teaching Assistant, Metamorphoses: Humans and Other Terrestrial Beings, University of Southern California, 2012
  • Teaching Assistant, Crime Stories: Eastern European Fiction from Crime to Punishment, University of Southern California, 2013
  • Teaching Assistant, Symbols and Conceptual Systems: Thematic Option Honors Program, University of Southern California, 2014


Summary Statement of Research Interests

  • My most research project explores the role of language in Russian/Soviet Science Fiction and its Western prototypes. I am particularly interested in space and time travel narratives and the potential for such narratives to create in-between spaces, times, and people. I am also interested in portrayals of perception and empathy in prose and poetry, especially the structural means by which a work expresses alternative perspectives or empathetic connections. My current research interests have their mutual point of origin in my earliest research on perception, space and time, and special relativity in Andrei Bely's Petersburg.

Conference Presentations

  • Slavic Forum , 4/2013
  • AATSEEL , 1/2013
  • California Slavic Colloquium , 4/2012

Other Presentations

  • "Butterflies and Grandfather's: "Andrei Bitov's "Fotografia Pushkina (1799-2099)" and the Tyranny of the Timestream", Slavic Forum, University of Chicago, Spring 2013   
  • "Mapping Petersburg's Androgynous Zones: Sofia Petrovna's Gender Ambiguity and its Implications", AATSEEL Conference, AATSEEL, Boston, Fall 2012   
  • "Butterflies and Grandfathers: Andrei Bitov's "Fotografia Pushkina (1799-2099)" and the Tyranny of the Timestream", California Slavic Colloquium , University of California, San Diego, Spring 2012   

Honors and Awards

  • Provost Fellowship, 9/2011-  
  • New England Society in the City of New York Scholar, 9/2005-5/2009  
  • Robert C. Byrd Scholarship, 9/2005-5/2009  
  • Amherst College Mikhail Schweitzer Memorial Book Award, Spring 2009   

Service to the Profession

Professional Memberships

  • The American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages (AATSEEL), 2011-2012